Whenever a recipe calls for 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, I interpret that as “5 or 6 cloves of garlic”. This rule has never steered me wrong. Which is why I’m astounded that it took me so long to discover garlic knots. I’ve known garlic bread, garlic breadsticks, and other various iterations of garlic + bread, but I’ve only had these delightful twisty garlic pizza dough bits a few times in my life. If you to have been robbed of the knowledge of these tasty garlicky appetizers, I present to you vegan garlic knots!
Garlic knots are basically leftover pizza dough that is rolled into breadsticks, tied in a knots, and brushed with garlic butter and fresh herbs. It’s repurposing leftover dough to make a roasted garlic delivery vehicle. Genius.
Usually I make my own pizza dough, but sometimes you need something quick, easy, and mess free. The Trader Joe’s prepared pizza doughs are affordable and vegan. They make great garlic knots, breadsticks, dinner rolls, and pizza (duh).
Making herb butter
Sautéing the garlic for garlic butter takes a little finesse. You don’t want to add all of the fat to the saucepan before adding the garlic because it will essentially “boil” the submerged garlic and trap the garlicky smell inside. We’ll start with a small amount of the vegan butter so the garlic is still exposed when sautéing and so there’s just enough to brown the sides of the garlic. Then once we have some perfectly sautéed garlic, we’ll add the rest of the butter to infuse it with garlic flavor.
Get the recipe:
For the garlic butter:
- 1/4 cup vegan butter divided
- 4-5 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh basil chopped (or more parsley)
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano dried
For the garlic knots:
- 16 ounces prepared pizza dough (1 package Trader Joe's pizza dough)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Marinara for dipping
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
To make the garlic butter:
- Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of the vegan butter in the saucepan.
- Add the minced garlic and stir until fragrant and starting to brown, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Add the parsley, basil (if using), and oregano.
- Cook for 1 more minute, stirring frequently, then remove from heat.
To prepare the garlic knots:
- Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
- Take golfball-sized pieces of pizza dough and roll them out into logs 5-6 inches long.
- Tie each piece in a knot and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Liberally brush each knot with the garlic butter, making sure each one gets some garlic and fresh herbs.
- Bake the knots for 10-15 minutes, or until golden on the bottoms.
- Brush each garlic knot with some of the remaining garlic butter, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately with marinara for dipping.
And that’s that! Serve your fresh garlic knots with your favorite marinara (from a jar to continue the quick and easy garlic knots theme), or the leftover garlic butter if you have it.
Serve the garlic knots alongside these recipes:
This vegan lasagna is easy to make and full of flavor! It has pesto, roasted red peppers, and vegan parmesan cheese.
What’s a more perfect combo than deep dish pizza and garlic knots?